Frontale join Cerezo in YBC Levain Cup final

Frontale join Cerezo in YBC Levain Cup final

Cerezo Osaka and Kawasaki Frontale will contest the 2017 J.League YBC Levain Cup final after winning their respective semi-finals on Sunday courtesy of last-gasp goals.

In the Osaka derby, newly-promoted Cerezo triumphed 2-1 at Gamba, the 4-3 aggregate win over their local rivals sealed by a bullet header in the 95th minute from Yasuki Kimoto, who added on to Yoichiro Kakitani’s opener to extend the visitors outstanding return to the top table of Japanese football.

After a 3-2 victory in the first-leg of their semi-final against Frontale, Vegalta Sendai harboured genuine hope of reaching the showpiece for a shot at silverware headed into the weekend. 

But a brace from Koji Miyoshi either side of the break followed by Tatsuya Hasegawa’s 90th-minute winner ended the underdog’s fairytale march to the final four in heartbreaking fashion, as they eventually lost 3-1.